The Justice Department called on the House to follow the Senate and temporarily reauthorize expired Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act powers, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to do when the lower chamber passed an emergency coronavirus relief bill.
The House approved the massive $2.2 trillion package on Friday, after which President Trump signed it, but Pelosi declined to use the opportunity to vote on extending key DOJ counterterrorism and counterintelligence surveillance authorities that lapsed in mid-March.
“The Department made strong reforms to the FISA process, many of which are reflected in the House-passed reform legislation, that it believes will address the misconduct of the past,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said over the weekend. “We urge the House to approve the Senate-passed temporary extension of the U.S. Freedom Act as soon as possible to avoid any further gap in our national security capabilities over the next several weeks.”
Last month, the House passed a bipartisan bill that reauthorized FISA-related lone wolf, roving wiretap, and business records powers and instituted a number of reforms. They expired in the middle of March.